FBI Investigating Ryan Adams’ Relationship With 14-Year-Old Girl

Man, remember yesterday when you didn’t know who Ryan Adams was? Or you had a vague notion of having heard of him, but you thought he might have been the guy who did that song from the Robin Hood movie? Those were the days.

You know who probably misses them the most? Ryan Adams. Because back then he wasn’t under investigation by the FBI for allegedly shaking his dick at a 14-year-old on Skype. Here’S how the New York Times put it.

Adams, through his lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, has denied that he “ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.” On Thursday, Brettler said that he had not been contacted by law enforcement. He declined to comment further.

In response to The Times’s article, F.B.I. agents in the bureau’s New York office on Thursday took the first steps to open a criminal investigation, according to the official, who declined to be identified because the person was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

So not great for Adams.

Federal law bars the sexual exploitation of children under 18, defining a violator as anyone who “persuades, induces, entices or coerces any minor to engage in” a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct. Several legal experts said that decisions on whether to prosecute such cases could hinge on whether the adult reasonably believed the minor was of legal age, taking into account context from their conversations.

I wonder if talking about how he hopes her mom doesn’t find out they’re sexting and saying he feels “like R. Kelly” means he thought she was 18.

I just keep thinking about how great a loss this is for the music industry. We’ll never again hear Ryan Adams’ many memorable songs like… Uhh… wait a second… It’ll come to me… “Summer of ’69”! Yeah, that was him, right?

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